According to a report by TheDetroitBureau.com, Toyota is teaming up with Gazoo Razing (full name: Gazoo Racing Masters of Nürburgring) to kickstart development and retail rollout of small-displacement, turbocharged engines. While Toyota is the undisputed leader in hybrid sales, the 274,927 gas-electric vehicles sold in 2011 – that's in total, not just the Prius – still represent a tiny portion of overall sales. By contrast, the EcoBoost-equipped Ford F-150 alone sold 100,000 units last year.

Direct injection and updated transmissions are also said to be developmental hot-buttons for Toyota. The first boosted, DI motors could be seen as soon as next year in Japan, then find their way into products for China and Europe. Outside analysts expect America to be in that pipeline somewhere, eventually, with mooted options for introduction being the next-generation Corolla or, even easier, as an added powertrain option for the new Camry.

The direction is not meant to take away from Toyota's hybrid position and expansion in the U.S., with the company still expected to put hybrids in "for just about everything we offer." Overseas, though, hybrids made the same impression as in the States, which could explain the initial markets chosen for Toyota's new tech.


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      Alex Butti
      • 2 Years Ago
      These days we keep hearing the partnership between Toyota and the tuning company Gazoo Racing. What happened to Toyota and TRD? Someone wants to shed some light?
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      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      I find it odd that a company as large as Toyota has to go outside the company for turbocharged engines.
      mylexicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Turbocharging is the best way to offer 200-300bhp and 30-35 combined mpg to the midsize sedan market. I'm a bit surprised that the major Japanese companies are so late to the party. Even BMW, staunch supporters of natural aspiration, have already started the move towards turbocharging. Even GM have a 1.4L Ecotec turbo in their lineup. It seems so strange that Toyota, Nissan, and Honda are all lagging behind.
        Hedo D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mylexicon
        Nissan has GT-R and Juke while Honda has Acura RDX.
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      tump
      • 2 Years Ago
      Saw my first IQ on 101 today and it's not as small as I'd like it to be, but put a manual transmission in there and I'd find it interesting.